San Antonio billionaire Red McCombs praises Raiders' visit to city
San Antonio billionaire B.J. "Red" McCombs praised the meeting Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis had last month in San Antonio to discuss the potential of relocating the team there, saying "I don't think it could have gone any better," reports the San Antonio Express-News.
McCombs and other San Antonio civic and business leaders met with Davis for 90 minutes, and came away believing it was a sincere effort by the Raiders to gauge interest in the city as a viable NFL market.
A former owner of the Minnesota Vikings, San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets, McCombs said that his family would be interested in buying into the Raiders “if that's what it would take to get them here," and if Davis wanted local investors.
There has been talk that Davis and the Raiders are using San Antonio just as a bargaining chip with the city of Oakland, a possibility the 86-year-old billionaire called a "myth." The Raiders' lease at the Coliseum, their current stadium, expires at the end of the 2014-15 season.
“The biggest thing on our side is that [former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros] has the contacts, has the perfect entree, has the credibility and has the ability (to woo the Raiders)," said McCombs.
- Molly Geary